Sony World Photography Awards 2014 Finalists [Gallery]

The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards has been revealed by the World Photography Organisation. Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history.

  • Aerial series. Iceland. Photo: Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris/Greece/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Aerial series. Iceland. Photo: Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris/Greece/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Big Cat, Little Cat - an advertising campaign for Whiskas cat food. Photo: George Logan/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Big Cat, Little Cat - an advertising campaign for Whiskas cat food. Photo: George Logan/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Cost of slavery. Rana Plaza garment factory collapse. Photo: K. M. Asad/Bangladesh/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Cost of slavery. Rana Plaza garment factory collapse. Photo: K. M. Asad/Bangladesh/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Untitled. Skiers enjoy the harsh winter in Poland. Photo: Kacper Kowalski/Poland/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Untitled. Skiers enjoy the harsh winter in Poland. Photo: Kacper Kowalski/Poland/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • The Calm Before The Storm. Photo: Sean Batten/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.The Calm Before The Storm. Photo: Sean Batten/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Vakil Bath. Panoramic photo made of four fisheye shots stitched together. Vakil Bath is a very popular historical site located in Shiraz, Iran. Photo: Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji/Iran/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Vakil Bath. Panoramic photo made of four fisheye shots stitched together. Vakil Bath is a very popular historical site located in Shiraz, Iran. Photo: Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji/Iran/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Untitled. Image of miners from the Gold Fields Abangares gold mine of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo: Guillermo Barquero/Costa Rica/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Untitled. Image of miners from the Gold Fields Abangares gold mine of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo: Guillermo Barquero/Costa Rica/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Homebound. Homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo: Ata Mohammad Adnan/Bangladesh/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Homebound. Homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo: Ata Mohammad Adnan/Bangladesh/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Beer festival in Munich. Photo: Li Hao/China/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Beer festival in Munich. Photo: Li Hao/China/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Be Cheerful Even in the Darkest of Times. Photo: Samantha Fortenberry/USA/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Be Cheerful Even in the Darkest of Times. Photo: Samantha Fortenberry/USA/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Zeybeks (a reference to a Turkish traditional dance). Photo: ©Hasan BagÌlar/Cyprus/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Zeybeks (a reference to a Turkish traditional dance). Photo: ©Hasan BagÌlar/Cyprus/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Pilgrims and devotees of the Maha Kumbh Mela - the largest spiritual gathering on the planet. Photo: Wolfgang Weinhardt/Germany/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Pilgrims and devotees of the Maha Kumbh Mela - the largest spiritual gathering on the planet. Photo: Wolfgang Weinhardt/Germany/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Young men from the Kara Tribe, Omo, Ethiopia (taken in infared). Photo: Louise Porter/USA/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Young men from the Kara Tribe, Omo, Ethiopia (taken in infared). Photo: Louise Porter/USA/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Untitled. The Guča trumpet festival. Photo: Vuk Adzic/Serbia/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Untitled. The Guča trumpet festival. Photo: Vuk Adzic/Serbia/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • Untitled. The emotional outpouring of a bride on her way to her wedding. Photo: Yao Wang Chong/Taiwan/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Untitled. The emotional outpouring of a bride on her way to her wedding. Photo: Yao Wang Chong/Taiwan/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • What are you staring at!? A baby Orang Utan peeking out from his mother's embrace. Photo: Chin Boon Leng/Singapore/2014 Sony World Photography AwardsWhat are you staring at!? A baby Orang Utan peeking out from his mother's embrace. Photo: Chin Boon Leng/Singapore/2014 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Yellow Fellow. A young boy celebrating the Indian Holi festival of colours. Photo: Anurag Kumar/India/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.Yellow Fellow. A young boy celebrating the Indian Holi festival of colours. Photo: Anurag Kumar/India/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
  • The Mongol. Photo: Simon Morris/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.The Mongol. Photo: Simon Morris/UK/2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

The Sony World Photography Awards is widely recognized as the prominent global photographic awards program in existence today. Launched in 2008, the awards are dedicated to supporting and cultivating photographic culture.

The annual awards ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, says Graphic Competitions.

The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards has been selected from nearly 140,000 works submitted by professional and amateur photographers from 166 countries.

Submitted photos must be taken during 2013, with the only exception being that entries in the Professional Competition may have been taken prior to this, only if they have been first published in 2013.

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards is split into three main categories, Professional, Open and Youth, each of which then broken down into various sub-categories.

The professional category is for serious photographers and judged on a body of work rather than a single image. Within the category there are awards for best campaign, best current affairs project, best nature image, best portrait and best sports photograph.

The open category includes entries from amateurs and photography enthusiasts, and is broken down into best panoramic, best architecture image, best low light image and best arts and culture photograph, among others.

Finally the youth category is a shortlist made up of images taken by photographers under the age of 20.

The winners of the open and youth categories – for which eleven photographers are being considered – will be announced on 18 March and each will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, says the Daily Mail.

All 14 Professional category winners, the overall Open Photographer of the Year and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will also be announced at the London ceremony on 30 April. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD).

All category winners across the awards will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

Furthermore, the winning and finalist photographers will receive an exhibition of their work at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May 2014, will be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and will also be featured across the WPO website. For more information go to http://www.worldphoto.org

WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography.

Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programs involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in.

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